World Premieres: The New Millennium

The first BSO world premiere of the new millennium was Bright Sheng's Red Silk Dance, for piano and orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano.

Composer Title of Work First Performance
Sheng, Bright Red Silk Dance, for piano and orchestra January 6, 2000
Robert Spano, conductor
Golijov, Osvaldo Last Round March 3, 2000 
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Colgrass, Michael Crossworlds, concerto for flute and piano March 7, 2002
Commissioned by the BSO
Marina Piccinini, flute
Andreas Haefliger, piano
Hans Graff, conductor
Previn, André Violin Concerto March 14, 2002
Commissioned by the BSO
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
André Previn, conductor
Tan Dun The Map, Concerto for Cello, Orchestra and Video February 20, 2003
Commissioned by the BSO
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Tan Dun, conductor
Harbison, John Requiem March 6, 2003
Commissioned by the BSO
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Christine Brewer, soprano
Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano
Paul Groves, tenor
Jonathan Lemalu, bass-baritione
Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor
Carter, Elliott Boston Concerto April 3, 2003
Commissioned by the BSO
Carter, Elliott - Boston Concerto
Ingo Metzmacher, conductor
Gubaidulina, Sofia The Light of the End April 17, 2003
Commissioned by the BSO
Kurt Masur, conductor
Zuidam, Robert Rage d'amours
(libretto by Robert Zuidam)
August 10, 2003
Commissioned by the BSO for the Tanglewood Music Center
Stefan Asbury, conductor
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Golijov, Osvaldo Ainadamar
(libretto by David Henry Hwang, after Federico Garcia Lorca)
August 10, 2003
Robert Spano, conductor
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Currier, Sebastian Divisions October 8, 2015
BSO co-commission
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano
Neuburger, Jean-Frédéric Aube November 12, 2015
BSO Commission
Christoph von Dohnány, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
Tsontakis,George Sonnets, Concerto for English horn and orchestra February 11, 2016
BSO Commission
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Robert Sheena, English horn